After the Baby is born!
Well, you waited your time, stayed on the surface during those months of growing that new life that seems to have totally taken over your world. With even the best intentions, you would be lying if you were not itching to get back under that water and make up for lost time. Of course we don't want to ruin your fun, however to ensure that your return to the aquatic world is indeed fun, it would be wise to take a little time and thought to make a few preparations. OK… some of these suggestions to some of you may seem like a slight case of stating the obvious, but you never know… there maybe that one thing that just slipped your mind. If we are able to make the return to the water more comfortable and safe for even one of you well, that is enough to make this page most worth-while.
Please bear in mind that I am not a physician, so before doing anything,
do ensure that you have the all clear from your doctor. They will know you
and your circumstances, better than anyone and will be able to advise you
Before even heading for the water, it would be a good idea to ease back into being active once more. Start gently, try a few stomach excercises (of course not before the madatory break allowing your muscles to settle!) and lunges. This will strengthen your stomach, back and legs, so lifting those tanks won't be quite so much of a strain. Again you should always seek medical advice prior to starting an excercise program, especially after having a baby. It might also be a good idea to wait until your hormones have recovered somewhat from the pregnancy, as this could affect your general metabolism as well as your ability to deal with a stressful situation. Back to the fitness front, why not visit the local pool to restore your swimming stamina and general comfort in the water? Always good to prepare you for that unexpected surface swim, as well as getting reaquainted with the water. Even the most experienced diver will have realised that a few of her skills will have frayed at the edges a touch, so while you are there, why not book a pool session with a nearby diving club before plunging into the deep blue. It certainly won't do any harm as chances are, it will have been close to a year since your last dive.
Like your skills, your equipment would probably also be in need of a service, so why leave anything to chance? The more prepared you are prior to diving, the less stressful your return will be.
Finally you are on the boat, you have prepared yourself for this moment and can't wait to jump in. Before you descend, do make the usual buoyancy check, as chances are, your weight and certainly your buoyancy will have changed one way or another. Your body will have undergone huge changes over the past few months, gaining and (hopefully) losing weight, not to mention the hormonal changes that will have occured, so go easy on yourself, even if you had not borne a child, a break of this length of time would definitely require a little extra conservatism. So best not to do that 40m wreck today ;)
Well, I hope that that has covered any elements that could have caused your return to diving to be anything other than a totally wonderful experience.
you a safe and happy return to life underwater.
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